May Race Weekend on the Andretti “B” 4-mile course proved to be a kind of homecoming for Club Spring Mountain. As always, we were excited to see many familiar faces, but we were also excited to see some members who haven’t visited in a while: on the track was Jay Torres, Miguel Grillo, and John Melsom all in Radical SR3s. Also, Terry Carlson made his first race appearance in over 25 months, debuting his new Wolf GB08SM last weekend, racing it for the first time during Saturday’s race.
In other news, we are excited to announce the near completion of the Tiki Bar at Lake Spring Mountain. Beginning June 4th, the Tiki Bar will have food and beverages available for purchase and the lake will offer swimming, Jetpack, paddleboards, peddle boats, kayak rentals and more. Make sure to spend some time there during your stay!
Friday Bracket Race
Thirteen drivers participated in the Bracket Race on Friday afternoon. There were seven Miatas, four Radical SR3s, one Ferrari and a Wolf GB08SM. Jay Torres drove his Radical SR3 in this race making it his first time back to Spring Mountain in 14 months! Everyone drove pretty even keel during the start of the race, but two Miatas – Mark Saroyan and Lee Mixon – had to exit the race before the halfway mark. By the 7th lap, Ron Fletcher (Miata), Teddy Landau (Miata) and John Saroyan (Miata) broke out, leaving only eight cars to finish off the race. In the last lap, Dennis Russell in his Miata was forced to exit resulting in seven cars passing the finish line within their bracket times. Indy Al Miller was victorious finishing with a 4.80-time gap in front of Torres (Radical) in 2nd and Gorski (Radical) in 3rd.
Saturday Light Sport Race
For Terry Carlson, Saturday’s Light Sport Race presented the first opportunity for him to take his new Wolf GB08SM out on the track and race against fellow CSM members. It was also John Melsom’s first time partaking in a CSM race weekend driving his Radical SR3. In total, thirteen drivers participated: four Wolf GB08SMs, eight Radical SR3s and one Radical SR8, making for a great Saturday morning.
Eleven individuals competed in the Enduro Race on Saturday afternoon. Everyone ran individually aside from two teams who consisted of Nick Kelly and Brandon Rambo in their Wolf GB08s and Jim Balestrieri and Dennis Kane in their #65 Miata. There were three Miata’s, three Radical SR3s, two Lotus 211s and one Wolf GB08SM competing in the race. After the green flag was given, Grillo passed David McConnell for 3rd, and Kelly (Wolf GB08SM) pushed ahead as Jack Fried (Lotus) slowed his pace. Six minutes into the race, McConnell took 3rd back from Miguel Grillo (SR3) and Monica Carlson (Lotus) made a pass by Lee Mixon (Miata). Monica, Balestrieri and Fried were the first drivers to pit in lap 5, with Fried retiring from the race.
44 minutes in, Kelvin Bloom exited the race and Dennis Russell went off at Exit 28 doing multiple spins. Mixon, who was leading for the last four laps, spun out in Patience during the final lap resulting in a victory for McConnell with Mixon in 2nd, Grillo in 3rd, the Kelly/Rambo team in 4th, Monica in 5th, the Balestrieri/Kane team in 7th and Russell in 8th.